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Local school districts prepare for Hurricane Joaquin

Posted at 8:03 PM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 20:03:56-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- With Hurricane Joaquin strengthening, schools in the metro area are preparing for possible storm damage and power outages.

CBS 6 reached out to school leaders in Richmond, and the surrounding counties as they are in prep mode on how to handle any severe weather we get in Central Virginia.

In Chesterfield, spokesman Shawn Smith tells CBS 6, the school division continues to monitor changing forecasts for inclement weather.

At this time, they have not made any announcements.

Henrico school officials said they are in constant communication with the county’s Emergency Operations Center for updates.

While they have no changes at this time, Andy Jenks said if there were to be any, the school district would communicate information directly to families using social media, phone and the county’s email notification system.

Richmond school officials said they are in communication too, as they keep a close eye on any weather developments.

Some Richmond parents we spoke with didn’t seem too concerned about the pending weather.

"I don't worry about him in the school because I think they'll take wonderful care of him and advise parents about letting him out early, if it gets to be too bad,” said Susan Bogese.

"I'm sure they'll inform us. They're very good about informing us via email and telephone, as soon as they have a plan,” said Elizabeth Peay.

Chris Whitley, spokesman for Hanover County Public schools told CBS 6, as with any inclement weather situation, they are closely monitoring it for any changes.

"We will follow our normal inclement weather policies and procedures if a need arises, similar to snow closings," said Whitley.

In addition, Hanover families have already been sent a notice concerning Friday night football games:

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, please note the following updates to the HCPS varsity football games scheduled for this Friday:

  • Atlee HS vs. Highland Springs HS: Awaiting decision from Henrico County Public Schools.
  • Armstrong vs. Lee-Davis HS: Rescheduled for Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
  • Hanover HS vs. Patrick Henry HS: Rescheduled for Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m.

Further updates will be provided as they become available, which can also be found on: